The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 17 March 2005 
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Letter from the Editor  by Matt Stephens Fast DSL from BMI  by Ruben Bybee
New BMI Voting Poll  by Ruben Kudos from our Customers  by Matt Stephens
Google offers Movie Show ...  by Ruben Bybee Scrabble Fun  by Carol Hall
Tech Tips  by Tony Abrego Flavor for the Season  by Carol Hall
KJ's Virus Corner  by KJ Newby A 'Lil St. Patrick's Day ...  by Katrina Moran
Irish Shopping  by Katrina Moran St. Patrick's Day Funnies  by Katrina Moran
How does BMI Turbo work?  by Nathon Oneel
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Letter from the Editor
by Matt Stephens


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Welcome to this month's edition of The On Ramp. Spring is nearly upon us, and I'm sure you are all as happy about that as I am - warm weather, sunshine, and being able to get out of the house without freezing. Along with all that, the sun will start taking it's sweet time setting in the evening, inviting you to stay outside longer.

But you will still want to get on the internet to visit friends and do all the other fun things. If you have trouble with your internet when you return from playing, remember that Blue Mountain Internet is available more ways than before. We have live telephone support until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday (6 p.m. weekends), email tech support 24 hours a day plus live chat with our techs until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday (6 p.m. weekends). So play happily and know that we'll be here to help you when you need us.

One more thing to keep in mind as you see your neighbors and friends more often. Each person you refer to BMI means $5 off your account. You could pile up enough referrals to keep your internet paid for all next winter.
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Fast DSL from BMI
by Ruben Bybee


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BMI now offers super fast DSL services in 8 western states. These states include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. DSL is always on and does not require an extra phone line. From time of order, we can get you setup and surfing in less than 10 days. DSL from BMI costs $32.99 per month ($17.99 to BMI plus $15.00 to the phone company). There is also a one time modem fee of $59.95 or you can rent the modem for $5.00 per month.

For more information please visit BMI's DSL Information Site.

Note: DSL is not available at all locations. To see if DSL from BMI is available in your area, call us at 800-485-5006 or email us at sales@bmi.net
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New BMI Voting Poll
by Ruben


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In February, we added a voting poll to the BMI home page. You can voice your opinion anonymously and have fun checking out the opinion of other voters. The questions change about once a week. After you cast your vote, you instantly get to see how others voted. Here is another chance for you to be heard. Cast your vote!

Have an idea for questions? Please let us know at info@bmi.net.
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Kudos from our Customers
by Matt Stephens


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Thank you to all our customers who make it very easy to provide the level of customer service you expect and deserve. Here is what a couple of our customers had to say:

"Thank you, I just recommended you guys to a whole computer class. I have gotten wonderful service so far, and I want it to stay that way. Thanks." Diane C. Washougal, WA.
"To the BMI team: I have never run into any internet service that has so much to offer as BMI does. That makes me happy! Anytime I needed help, they were there for me in a business manner. Thanks to all at BMI." Carol H. The Dalles, OR.
Remember, you can share your experiences with us as well. Just email us at info@bmi.net or send a note when you mail your payment.
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Google offers Movie Showtimes
by Ruben Bybee


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Google has recently introduced a new section to their web site to find local showtimes for movies. This site also has private reviews of movies as well as details from the Internet Movie Database (www.imb.com). I am a big movie fan! While the Google offering is nice, it still lacks the links to movie trailers. Please visit the Google Movie Link. And if you want to see trailers, check out the Yahoo Movies site.
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Scrabble Fun
by Carol Hall


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In our monthly newsletters, we provide you with a "Wordfind" puzzle, and also a "Crossword" puzzle. I know that many of you are "Word Gamers" because of the large volume of completed puzzles we receive. I particularly enjoy a good game of Scrabble, but sometimes grow weary of competing with the computer. However, trying to find a convenient time to meet with a Scrabble friend online can be hard as well. I ran across a fun site recently which allows me, and 1, 2 or 3 others to play Scrabble together and at our leisure. The way this works is simple.

The scrabble board is emailed from one person to another. As each person takes their turn, it is sent to the next person and so on. The email contains a link that you click on, you log in, and presto your "in process" game is waiting for you to take your turn. You do not have to buy the game, download any programs or even be in a rush. Each player can take up to two days to play so it fits everyone's schedule. While the game is being emailed from person to person, there is also a place for you to send messages to those you are playing with. So, not only do you have fun playing, you get to keep in touch as well. I recently played a game with my sister who lives in another state. We had loads of fun playing scrabble and emailing messages back and forth. If you are interested please visit Scrabble and Enjoy!
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Tech Tips
by Tony Abrego


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Hello all. For the tech tip of the month I'll show you how to change your homepage address on your browser so that you can open BMI every time you open your Internet Explorer.
  • Click on start
  • Click on control panel
  • Double click on Internet options
  • In the address box type www.bmi.net
  • Click apply then click ok

    The benefits you receive from the BMI hompage are as follows:
  • You can check your email online.
  • You can check your Quarantined (Junk Mail) messages.
  • You can find out about all the free software that we offer our BMI customers.
  • You can check your account billing history.
  • You can find our nation wide dial up numbers.
  • You can also use our live chat for tech support or billing questions.
  • You can reach our rewards program.
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    Flavor for the Season
    by Carol Hall


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    St Patrick's Day "Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage"
    INGREDIENTS:
  • 3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 10 small red potatoes
  • 1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges
    DIRECTIONS:
  • 1. Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.
  • 2. Add whole potatoes and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.
  • 3. Place potatoes and cabage in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.
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    KJ's Virus Corner
    by KJ Newby


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    Hello, this is KJ and this month I'm informing you of some of the most common Viruses that are being passed around the Internet at this time. Below you will find the Top 10 Virus Alerts and instructions for removal.

    SPYW_GATOR.B
    JAVA_BYTEVER.A
    SPYW_GATOR.D
    HTML_NETSKY.P
    SPYW_GATOR.C
    TROJ_AGENT.AAB
    COOKIE_1020
    PE_PARITE.A
    SPYW_GATOR.A
    COOKIE_45

    If you are currently running an Anti-Virus Program, make sure that it is updated and run it least once a month if not more. If you are not currently running an Anti-Virus Program, BMI can provide you with complete Anti-Virus software for as little as $2.00 a month. Just give us a call at 800-485-5006.
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    A 'Lil St. Patrick's Day History
    by Katrina Moran


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    Have you ever wondered who St. Patrick was? How St. Patrick's Day came to be? Click here to learn about all about it
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    Irish Shopping
    by Katrina Moran


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    McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered Martini after Martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, the Irishman started to leave. "S' cuse me", said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done, "What was that all about?" "Nothin', said the Irishman, "My wife just sent me out for a jar of olives!"
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    St. Patrick's Day Funnies
    by Katrina Moran


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    Q: Where would you find a leprechaun baseball team? In the Little League.
    Q: Did you hear about the leprechaun who worked at the diner? He was a short-order cook.
    Q: Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day? Regular rocks are too heavy.
    Q: What do you call a clumsy Irish dance? A jig mistake
    Q: What would you get if you crossed an Irish landmark with a Stone Age cartoon character? Blarney Rubble.
    Q: What's little and green and goes two hundred miles per hour? A leprechaun in a blender.
    Q: Do leprechaun's get angry when you make fun of their height? Yes, but only a little.
    Q: How did the Irish Jig get started? Too much beer and not enough restrooms.
    Q: What do you get when you cross poison-ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of Good Luck.
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    How does BMI Turbo work?
    by Nathon Oneel


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    BMI Turbo is a small piece of software that enables you to surf the internet at a much faster rate like a high speed connection. You wonder how? Well, here is a run down of how it works.

    First, when you are surfing from page to page online, your computer is requesting website information. While this is occuring, the request actually goes through the Turbo. The Turbo gets the requested site, compresses the webpage information and sends it to your computer in much smaller packets. Smaller packets travel faster. When the Turbo gets the information it decodes it and displays it on your screen. This all happens in a matter of milliseconds. As you go more often to your most frequently visited websites, those websites will display faster and faster.

    Why doesn't it open up fastest in the first place you ask? Well, here's why.

    The Turbo stores small pieces of information on your computer from each website you visit. Then when you return to a website, the Turbo uses that stored information instead of down loading it from the internet again. After that, Turbo uses the internet connection for what it didn't remember. The result? Websites appear a lot faster on your computer screen and you spend more time enjoying the website instead of waiting for it to download. Turbo is the next step up to faster surfing speed than dial up although it is still not as fast as DSL, Wireless or Satellite. The configuration for BMI Turbo is fast and simple.

    When adjusting your settings for Turbo, we've learned that you'll experience the best performance and a quality picture if the turbo is set at "medium" for the acceleration and "excellent" for the image quality. This is accomplished through settings when you click on the BMI Turbo.
    Here's how to check the configuration settings for your BMI turbo. First, click on the Turbo in the system tray by the clock. You will then see the following:
  • "Start BMI Turbo"
  • "Statistics"
  • "Settings"
  • "Pop-up blocker"
  • "Help"
  • "Exit"

    Start with settings on the list because the top two are self explanatory. Select settings and a small window will appear with the following folder tabs:
  • "Image Quality"
  • "Connection"
  • "Features"
  • "Update"

    Under Image Quality, select Acceleration to "Medium" and Image Quality to "Very Good".

    Next is the Connection tab. Click on it and Turbo will display the user name and ****** for the password. The user name box must include @bmi.net after the user name. In the next box, place a check for "save password". Now, notice the "Advanced" button. Click on it and another window will appear. Under "Remote server hostname" you should have one of the follwing: accelerator2.bmi.net OR accelerator.uspops.net or 216.239.160.71. Next is the server port. You should have 7000 and 5400 for the Local listening port. Click "okay" to take you back to the previous screen. On the next tab over you'll see features. Under this tab all boxes should be checked. Last but not least, click update. This is just what it sounds like. Under this tab, it will give you the version of your Turbo and an update button that allows you to download newer versions. The BMI Turbo also had a pop ad blocker feature. Under this window you'll notice three tabs:
  • "Options"
  • "White List"
  • "Logging"

    In the option tab, you can enable or disable the popup blocker feature. Below that there are two other boxes you can check. One is "Block floating flash-ads" which blocks flash ads that appear on the website you are viewing. Underneath that is "Notify blocked pop-up by PC speaker beep". Check that if you want to be notified when it blocks a pop-up ad.

    Moving on. Now your thinking "what's a white list?" Well, it is explained at the top. Popups will be ALLOWED to pass through from the sites/domain listed below. If the website you want requires popups in order for you to view something larger, then add them to this list and popups will be allowed only at this site. The last tab you see under this window is logging. This window stores the websites of all the blocked ads. There is a button on this window that says "clear log". It does what it says - it clears the logged sites that had popups. The last thing on the list is help. Under help you will notice:
  • "Diagnostics"
  • "Support website"
  • "About"

    Diagnostics test the software to check if it's working properly. There are three buttons. "Generate" - to start the test. "Copy log" - to copy the results. "Clear log" -to clear results of the log and start over again. From the results displayed, it will tell you where the turbo is working and where it isn't. The results are self explanatory. The "support" website takes you to the BMI home page. "About" tells you what version of the software you are running.
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